When you have a rooted phone you acquire the ability to modify many of the restrictions imposed by the device manufacturer. However, if you really want to explore the possibilities that offer privileges ROOT have to install a custom ROM on Android and for it then you talk a bit more about it and tell you how to do this procedure.
What is a custom ROM?
First it is important to know that a custom ROM or Custom ROM is a modified version of Android completely independent operating system . This includes the kernel, or core system, applications, services and other functions that allow you to operate the device but which in this case is a system that has been modified by someone with special features or settings.
Since Android is an open source platform, developers can take the Stock ROM (the version of the operating system that comes standard with the mobile) and then modify the system by eliminating all that they deem necessary, add new elements and generally optimize as far as their abilities allow.
Why would you want to install a custom ROM?
There are many good reasons why you should install a custom ROM on your Android phone, starting with the fact that you could upgrade to the latest version of the operating system . Remember that many manufacturers do not update their phones and Tablets Android or if these updates are slow to appear. Therefore if you have an older Android phone that does not receive updates and want to run a newer version of Android, here is a modified ROM is certainly your best option.
Not only that, a custom ROM can also remove the bloatware that the phone company installs the device including applications that you use rarely and only saturate the space in internal memory. Other advantages of installing a custom ROM on Android include:
- Possibility to use skins to customize the way in which the operating system is shown
- Customize the settings menu including shortcuts to frequently used settings
- Make the phone run faster or slower in your case for extending battery life
- Customize screen animations, rotation, sound, notifications, and the overall system interface
- It would also be possible to hide the bottom navigation bar to get more screen space
- Configure application permissions to prevent them from tracking your location with GPS
- Improve performance and system efficiency by using a smaller amount of memory
- Ability to install applications on the microSD card
Why not install a custom ROM on Android?
The custom ROM's are not perfect and may cause conflict and may not work properly. Depending on the ROM and its compatibility with the device in some cases may have drawbacks such as:
- Problems with the battery life since the ROM could not be optimized for the device and therefore could be depleted faster than with the original ROM.
- Problems can occur if there is hardware full support as the camera phone does not take pictures with the same quality or that the GPS does not work, etc.
- You may experience problems of instability in the system as the case of the automatic shutdown of applications or even restart the phone itself.
Steps to install a custom ROM on Android
The procedure followed to install a custom ROM on Android is quite simple and do not require advanced knowledge. However, to do so your phone must have root privileges and preferably backup of your important data before carrying it out, including the current ROM itself.
The first thing to do is find the specified custom ROM for your Android as each ROM can be different for each device. If you do not know where to start you can look in the official site CyanogenMod is exactly the most popular of ROMs for devices that are not officially updated and where you can check for a compatible ROM to your phone or in the developer forum XDA Developers . You can also just type in Google the name of your phone model accompanied by the word "ROM" for example: "Huawei Fusion U8652 ROM".
Once you've found the custom ROM for your phone, download the ZIP file and save it to the external memory, ie in the microSD card. Then you start Android in Recovery mode ; to do so turn off your phone and then simultaneously press the volume button (-) and the power button for at least 10 seconds. If this does not work, try pressing the volume (+) and the power button or even both volume keys and power button. Also try the Quick Boot application that allows you to start the Recovery mode without turning off the phone.
STEP 1 . When appears Recovery Mode screen have several options; use the volume keys to scroll to the option "Install zip from sdcard "and then confirmed by pressing the power key.
STEP 2 . On the next screen select " Choose zip from sdcard "and then then navigate to the location where the ZIP file of the custom ROM as the selections press the power key to start the installation process.
STEP 3 . After a few minutes, and then the process will end only need to select the option "Reboot system now "and thus already have modified the ROM on your Android phone.